MHI Vestas Offshore Wind signs 10 year vessel contract with Esvagt

Aarhus, 7 December 2015

New purpose built service vessel to support technicians maintaining over one hundred MHI Vestas’ turbines in operation 50 km from the Belgian coast.

As part of an ongoing focus on reducing the cost of offshore wind energy, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has signed a 10 year contract with leading offshore operator Esvagt, for a purpose built service vessel to support technicians working on projects located up to 50 km from the Belgian coast.

Due to the distance from shore, the technicians will work and live on the vessel for two week periods, the vessel will also function as a floating warehouse, storing spare parts and tools for servicing wind turbines offshore. Use of the service vessel cuts out the long daily sailing journey from the coast, less time in transition means more focus on ensuring maximum availability of the wind turbines.

The new vessel is 58.5m in length, with a beam of 16.6 m and can support up to 22 technicians, all in single cabins. The vessel is prepared with dynamic positioning technology, and two safe transfer boats to transfer technicians, tools and spare parts to the turbines.

For the past five years MHI Vestas technicians have used a refitted Esvagt vessel as service base to provide maintenance for the 165 MW Belwind 1 project, consisting of V90-3.0 MW turbines, with the upcoming installation of the 165 MW Nobelwind project in 2016 using V112-3.3 MW turbines, a new vessel was required as greater storage space and more cabins will be required for the increase in technicians, spare parts and tooling.

The vessel will be delivered and commence service in the second half of 2017.

MHI Vestas Senior Director Asger Pedersen said, “Over the last five years we have been extremely satisfied with the performance of the vessel supplied by Esvagt and it was a natural choice to continue our partnership. The new purpose built vessel has been designed to provide flexibility for the teams who will be providing operational support for different technology types. We are looking forward to seeing the new vessel in service from 2017.”

For more information, please contact:
Matt Whitby, Press Officer
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Tel: +45 2250 7131

About MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is a joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S 50% and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) 50%. The company’s sole focus is to design, manufacture, install and service wind turbines for the offshore wind industry. The company aims to drive down the cost of energy from offshore wind parks by driving capital and operating savings, and increasing output of wind turbines by bringing the best technology to the market. The company is founded on collaboration, and creating powerful partnerships with key stakeholders will be the cornerstone of its business model.

About the Nobelwind project
The Nobelwind power plant is located 47km from the coast of Belgium in the North Sea. It will consist of 50 V112-3.3 MW wind turbines with a capacity of 165 MW. When completed in 2017 the project will produce 651 GWh of clean energy annually, enough to provide energy for over 186.000 Belgian households.

About the history of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
• September 27, 2013: Joint venture between MHI and Vestas announced.
• December 2013: First V164 – 8.0 MW wind turbine completed and installed
• January 2014: V164 – 8.0M W produces first power
• April 1, 2014: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind officially launched
• October 5, 2014: V164-8.0 MW smashes world power record for power produced by a wind turbine (up to 16,000 British households)
• November 11, 2014: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind announces UK Industrial Strategy
• November 12, 2014: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind awarded Renewable UK “Breakthrough of the year 2014”
• December 19, 2014: First V164-8.0 MW order from DONG for Burbo Bank Extension project
• December 31, 2014: V164-8.0 MW awarded Offshore Wind Turbine of the Year
• May 18, 2015: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind signs its largest offshore order 400 MW Rampion project